Fourteen on Chartwell

Fourteen on Chartwell
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R100 avg main meal
Comfy & casual, Contemporary cool
Bistro fare, Contemporary fare, Modern
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Critic's review

Nikita Buxton

The Food
The large and slightly overwhelming menu offers modern gastropub fare with a good layer of comfort. To start, go for the tender and lightly crumbed salt and pepper calamari, paired with a delightfully tangy chilli ginger jam, or the halloumi, fig and prosciutto spring rolls (although the chilli dipping sauce is slightly-too-sweet). The copper pots of cider-soaked mussels were also flying out the kitchen – definitely a good sign. For a simple light lunch, the jaffles are definitely the way to go. They are a tad on the small side but are packed with flavour and served with a good portion of fries. The BBQ pulled pork option is smoky and melt-in-your-mouth tender. Other tempting fillings include Durban chicken curry and bacon, brie and cranberry.

The ‘signatures’ section on the menu boasts a few intriguing options, which includes the popular pie of the day. If you’re a big seafood fan, the grilled prawns are excellent. Perfectly pink and plump, they’re dusted in moreish Szechuan pepper and served with roasted garlic aioli and a side of golden fries. The lobster mac ‘n cheese is one of those trendy dishes that you either love or hate. The creamy pasta is served on a plate rather than baked in an oven dish and has generous pieces of delicate lobster on top. The dish is rich and luxurious with a gruyère cheese sauce and a crumble of crispy herbs, carrot and leeks. The sauce, however, is surprisingly smoky – perhaps from a smoked cheese. It doesn’t state this on the menu; so bear this in mind if you are not a fan of smoky flavours.

Desserts include decadent options like Eton mess, Bar One spring rolls and a hot fudge sundae. We decided to go for the lighter sounding Mojito cheesecake. Fresh and zesty from the lime, it was a good, simple fridge cheesecake, but lacked that mojito zing. There is also a selection of indulgent sounding spiked milkshakes for those who want an extra alcoholic kick with their dessert.

It’s a gastropub, which means the drinks list is pretty comprehensive. The craft beer and cocktail offering is impressive as are the wines (albeit a bit pricey). 

The gleaming wraparound bar takes centre stage and striking low-slung lights and brown leather booth seating add a sophisticated feel. Reminiscent of a swanky 70’s hotel, the space is adorned with palm tree wallpaper and colours of green and gold. It’s stylish and retro with great acoustics.

A little nervous at first but friendly and efficient.

Try the flights of beer served with cheese or German sausage bites for a fun mini beer and food pairing.

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User reviews

  • I have never written a public review of a restaurant however this place just blew me away! The interior is elegant and tasteful without being overly posh. The bathrooms are immaculate and stylish. The menu is original without being over the top and pretentious. The food is delicious and generous in portion. Full of flavour and freshness! The only tiny con was the waitress who could have shown a little more life and been a bit friendlier but luckily the rest of this amazing experience overshadowed where she was lacking. This place is by far the best restaurant I have been to in the past few years! Made me want to move to Umhlanga ;)
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  • Accepts credit cards
  • Alfresco
  • Beer served
  • Cocktails
  • Dinner
  • Food
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Takeaways

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